York Travel Guide

York is the north’s most compelling city and exploring the historic centre is like taking a trip back in time. Under the Romans, Saxons and Vikings, the city played a big part in the history of Great Britain. These days, numerous award-winning attractions draw millions of visitors each year. York is dominated by the immense Gothic cathedral, but spare some time to leisurely wander the maze of quaint medieval streets and visit the traditional pubs.

York Accommodation

The maze-like historic city of York offers a great range of accommodation options conveniently close to a variety of popular attractions. Designed to suit all travellers and budgets, York accommodation ranges from affordable motels, lodges and best and breakfasts, to modern hotels, luxury suites and apartments as well as self-catering accommodation, guesthouses and more. Book cheap York Accommodation

Getting Around

York is in easy travelling distance of three international airports - Leeds/Bradford, Humberside and Manchester. Frequent rail links from around the country make travelling to York by train easy. National Express offers an efficient coach service to York from most major UK destinations. Situated midway between Edinburgh and London it is just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network. Local buses and taxis are available for getting around York, however walking is the best way to discover the city, particularly given the confused historic layout of streets, alleys and yards. More about Getting Around York


There are enough medieval churches, heritage buildings and other attractions in York to keep you occupied for a week, however the ‘must-see’ attractions include Seat of the Archbishop of York, York Minister, Britain's largest Gothic building, the baroque masterpiece of Castle Howard, the award-winning museum of the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Castle, one of two established by William the Conqueror, Europe's best preserved medieval street the Shambles, the National Railway Museum, the city walls, Guildhall, and the 18th century Georgian Mansion House. Read more about York Attractions

York Facts

Founded in 71AD by the Romans, York was originally named Eboracum. In 866AD, the Vikings settled York and it became known as Jorvik. York is one of one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals, York Minster which is dedicated to St Peter. York has the most miles of preserved city walls than any other city in England. York is home to more than 30 tourist attractions and museums more than any similar British historical city. In 2002, York was named Europe’s most haunted city by The International Ghost Research Foundation.